Authorities in California are conducting an investigation following an incident where an ATM was forcibly removed from its moorings at a bank drive-thru and then discarded on a busy highway on Wednesday.
Officer Justin Fetterly of the California Highway Patrol reported that troopers were dispatched to address a road hazard at 6:11 a.m. PDT, as stated by The Sacramento Bee.
According to Sgt. Amar Gandhi, a spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the ATM had been stolen from a SAFE Credit Union in North Highlands, as reported by the newspaper.
An ATM that was stolen from SAFE Credit Union sits in the middle of the road on Watt Ave! @sacsheriff investigating! @GoodDaySac @CBSSacramento @CameronCGlenn #ATMStolen pic.twitter.com/O2U6mJcybT— DG (@CameraGuyDave1) August 2, 2023
Sgt. Amar Gandhi stated that four suspects were captured on video using a forklift to steal the ATM from the SAFE Credit Union. After the theft, they abandoned the ATM across the street in the middle of the road at the intersection of Watt and Margaret avenues, as reported by KOVR-TV. The forklift used in the crime was later found abandoned at a different location, Gandhi confirmed.
According to officials from the highway patrol, one vehicle collided with the ATM while it was left in the middle of the highway, leading to increased traffic congestion on the road, as mentioned by KCRA-TV.
According to KOVR, SAFE Credit Union released a statement saying they were collaborating with law enforcement regarding the incident.
Micah Grant, the credit union’s vice president of communications, emphasized their dedication to members’ security, stating, “Our members’ security is our top priority and we take precautions to ensure their account information is safe. We ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.”
As of now, no suspects have been identified, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. The ATM was eventually removed from the road shortly after 9 a.m. PDT.